Dance Performances & Events in Boulder County and Surrounding Areas
DANCE EVENTS FOR SUMMER 2014
(See each organization’s website for additional events not listed below.)
American Vernacular Dance
AVD hosts regular dances at the Avalon Ballroom, including many with live dance bands. The Avalon is at 6185 Arapahoe Road. www.americanvernaculardance.com.
3rd & 5th Saturdays: Swing Dance Monthly with Live Music, 8-11pm; lesson 7pm
4th & 5th Wednesdays: Wednesday Waltz Etcetera, 8-10:15pm; lesson 7pm
June 7: AscenDance Project’s Summer Season Showcase includes a performance of new choreography, plus a bluegrass performance/dance party with special guests Von Stomper and a cash bar. 8pm at AscenDanceStudio, 5721 Arapahoe Road. www.ascendanceproject.com.
The Avalon Ballroom, 6185 Arapahoe Road, hosts social dances all year long on its large, cushioned dance floor, and all events include a lesson. Ongoing events include zumba, tango, salsa and waltz; some are listed in this section and others can be found at www.avalonevents.org.
Blue Moon Dance Company
Sept. 5-6: Blue Moon’s fall concert is at Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St.; see www.bluemoondancecompany.com or call 303-443-3262 for details.
Boulder Ballet: Ballet in the Park
June 15 & 22: For the 10th year in a row, Boulder Ballet presents free family-friendly outdoor dance concerts, featuring excerpts from the previous season and previews of new works. www.boulderballet.org.
June 15: Broomfield Amphitheater, 7pm
June 22: Central Park Bandshell, Boulder, 7pm
Boulder International Folk Dancers
Fridays: BIFD hosts participatory folk dancing weekly at Pearl Street Studio, 2126 Pearl St. Learn the dances from 7:30-8:30pm and stick around for open dancing until 11pm. Your first visit is free, and subsequent visits are just $5. 303-449-2381; www.boulderifd.org.
Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop
July 19-Aug. 2: The annual BJDW on the CU campus includes a two-week intensive for ages 15+ and a weekend workshop (July 18-20) for ages 11+. The student performance is Aug. 1 at 8pm; Interweave Dance Theatre, the resident company, performs Aug. 2 at 3pm and 8pm. Find registration info and other details at www.bjdw.net.
Boulder Swing Dance: First Saturday Stomp
1st Saturdays: Monthly swing dances feature a healthy mix of swing-era, jump blues, jazz and blues to get everyone out on the dance floor. Come early (7-8:30pm) for an introductory lesson; then dance until midnight. Also join the group for Monday night classes and Tuesday Night Swing. At the Avalon Ballroom, 6185 Arapahoe Road. 720-929-9618. For class schedules, check www.boulderswingdance.com.
Boulder Tango Studio: Yunta Brava
Aug. 9-10: Two world-renowned tango couples join Boulder Tango Studio’s Gustavo and Giselle for a special event with classes, performances and milongas. The studio, which also holds weekly classes, is inside the Avalon Ballroom, 6185 Arapahoe Ave. www.gustavoygiselle.com.
Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble
Aug. 16: The world-renowned Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble presents an evening of dance that includes the Boulder premiere of “Madiba’s River,” the troupe’s tribute to Nelson Mandela. 7:30pm at Chautauqua Auditorium, 900 Baseline Road. www.chautauqua.com.
Aug. 16: “An Evening Under the Stars” features excerpts from the upcoming ballet season, which includes “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Dracula.” At Arvada Center’s outdoor amphitheater, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. Other upcoming productions are at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Ticket information: www.coloradoballet.org.
Community Contra Dances
1st & 3rd Fridays: All ages are welcome at bimonthly Community Contra Dances with live music. Lessons begin at 7:15pm and dancing runs 8-11pm at the Avalon Ballroom, 6185 Arapahoe Road. 303-499-1346; www.cfootmad.org.
Dance Bridge, a project of the Boulder Arts Commission, lists classes, companies, workshops, festivals, info on grants and auditions, and calendar listings on its website. Sign up for the newsletter to stay updated. 303-441-4391; www.artsresource.org/dance-bridge.
Danceophile Studio, 250 31st St., hosts a variety of dance events, including Folk Dancing on the Plaza (see separate listing), Ballroom Dance Evenings, wedding-dance prep and other dance lessons. www.danceophile.com.
June 1: Wedding Dance Workshop, 6-9pm
June 4: Ballroom Dance Party, 7:30-10pm
Dances of Universal Peace
2nd & 4th Fridays: Weekly public dances connect people who value tolerance, peace and the sacredness of life. Boulder dances are at 7:15pm at Community United Church of Christ, 2650 Table Mesa Drive. www.dup-co.com.
May 30-31: Danse Etoile presents “Happy Feet,” featuring dances of the Roaring ’20s and the silent era. 7:30pm Fri; 2pm and 7:30pm Sat at the Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Drive in Broomfield. Summer intensives run June 9-27 and Aug. 1-21. Ticket info and class registration: www.danseetoile.org.
Saturdays: Weekly dance journeys, open to everyone, include a warmup and an opening circle, and feature electronic dance music. 7:30-10pm at the Agora Event Center, 1724 Broadway. www.boulderagora.com.
Family Dance Planet
Family Dance Planet is taking a break to regroup. Visit www.familydanceplanet.com to sign up for email updates.
Folk Dancing on the Plaza
Tuesdays, June 3-Sept. 9: The Postoley Dance Ensemble hosts free outdoor folk dancing experiences from 7-10pm at Boulder Municipal Plaza, on 13th Street between Canyon and Arapahoe. On selected evenings (June 10 & 24, July 8 & 22, Aug. 5), special lessons for children of all ages take place from 6:15-7pm. www.postoley.org.
Frequent Flyers Productions: Aerial Dance Festival
Aug. 3-16: Huge annual festival is a chance for people of all levels of experience to feel what it’s like to dance in the air. Two-week immersion includes classes, lectures, demonstrations, networking events and performances. At Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance Studio, 3022 Sterling Circle, and Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St. Find the full event schedule at www.frequentflyers.org.
Global Dance Festival
July 18-20: Three-day event at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison includes performances on three stages. www.globaldancefestival.com.
Hannah Kahn Dance Company
June 13: Be at Hudson Gardens at 10:30am for a free 45-minute dance performance by this popular troupe. Hudson Gardens is at 6115 S. Santa Fe Drive in Littleton. Stick around after the show to explore the beautiful gardens. www.hannahkahndance.org.
Helander Dance Theater
Helander Dance Theater is one of the resident organizations at Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St. See www.helanderdancetheater.org for a schedule of upcoming performances.
Instructional & Recreational Dance
To take a class or join a troupe, visit www.getboulder.com/dance. Click on Dance Studios/Instruction in the right-hand menu to learn about movement and dance opportunities in Boulder and surrounding towns in ballroom, jazz, folk, hula, salsa, African, swing and a lot more. Listings for all ages and abilities.
Interweave Dance Theatre
Aug. 2: IDT, the resident company of the annual Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop (see separate listing) performs “Memories, Dreams & Reflections” at 3pm & 8pm at CU’s Charlotte Irey Studio Theatre. www.bjdw.net.
Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet
June 9-20: Denver-based troupe offers a two-week intensive with acclaimed choreographer Robert Sher-Machherndl that culminates in a public performance. www.lemonspongecake.org.
Polish Dance Gala Concert
June 8: Youth and adult dancers from the nonprofit Polish Folk Dancers Krakowiacy present a matinee of traditional Polish folk dances. 2pm at Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Road. www.attheaudi.com.
Red Rock Ramblers: Summer Square Dancing in Lyons
Reverence Academy of Dance
Beginning June 9: Reverence is one of only a handful of Royal Academy of Dance schools in a six-state area. Register for weekly summer programs at www.reverenceweb.com, and check the calendar for upcoming performances.
Scandinavian Fifth Saturday Bygdedans
May 31 & Aug. 30: Whenever a month contains a fifth Saturday, it’s time for a Scandinavian dance, with a wide range of Swedish and Norwegian dances for all experience levels. 8-10:30pm at Pearl Street Studio, 2126 Pearl St. www.villageartscoalition.org.
Schiff Dance Collective
June 15-Aug. 2: Summer-session classes can also be taken on a drop-in basis. They’re held at the Avalon Ballroom, 6185 Arapahoe Road. Check the schedule at www.schiffdance.com.
3rd Law Dance/Theater
June 13-14: 3rd Law’s end-of-season concert pays homage to The Dairy’s many contributions to dance in Boulder. The group performs highlights from all the works they’ve presented in the past 10 years. 7pm at Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St. www.3rdlaw.org.
Vail International Dance Festival
July 27-Aug. 9: 26th annual festival draws performers and attendees from around the world. Check www.vaildance.org for the complete schedule.
Village Arts Coalition: International Festival
June 20-22: A “colorful glimpse into traditions from ‘village life’ around the world,” this annual three-day festival features dance performances with an emphasis on public social dancing. (See listing under Local Events/Cultural Festivals for more details.) VAC also publishes STOMP!, a bimonthly newsletter with dance news from around the area. www.villageartscoalition.org.
Tickets go on sale Aug. 1 for Wonderbound’s 2014-15 season, which includes special collaborations with the Colorado Symphony and Denver’s Chimney Choir. A few summer performances are listed below; check www.wonderbound.com for details.
June 14: Sketches of Marie: A Salon
June 20: Memories